Cook, Moseley claim state wrestling titles
McKenzie Cook and Alex Moseley went into the 2017 ASAA/First National Bank Girls Wrestling Championships knowing they were among the best female wrestlers in the the state. Now everyone else knows it, too.
Cook and Moseley both powered their way to state championship honors in their respective weight classifications on Saturday and, in the process, helped lead the Homer Lady Mariners to a fourth-place finish in the final team standings.
As a group, the Lady Mariners' five state qualifiers rolled up 57 points in the tournament. Mt. Edgecumbe claimed the girls' state team championship with 193 points — almost 120 more than second-place finishing North Pole. South Anchorage was third overall at 68.
Cook owned the 145-pound division. En route to her second-straight state title, she pinned three of the four wrestlers she faced. The only opponent she didn't pin, she held scoreless.
After opening the tournament with a quick pin of Nunapitchuk's Chantel Tobeluk, Cook moved into title mode with victories over Eielson's Nailah Bealer and Soldotna's Amanda Wylie, who had stunned Bethel's Kelly O'Brien earlier in the tournament.
O'Brien entered the tournament looking to earn a rematch against Cook for the state title.
In the finals, Cook dispatched South's Madison Ellis by a 5-0 margin to finish her season at 23-15.
Moseley, who finished the year at 26-2, collected the state's bragging rights in the 120-pound classification by reeling off four straight wins, including a rousing 3-1 victory over North Pole's Raeann Jackson in the championship match.
Moseley began her run at the title with back-to-back-to-back wins over East's Katlynn Powell, Wasilla's Heidi Warner and East's Tatiana Green.
Mariah Grimes also performed well for Homer, going 2-2 in the girls' 160-pound division.
Mina Cavasos and Halle Lapp also competed in the tournament. Cavasos wrestled in the 120-pound bracket, while Lapp wrestled in the 132-pound ranks.